Leeds & West Yorkshire

Revamp work starts on part of M62 in West Yorkshire

M62 motorway
Image caption The hard shoulder will be used on sections of the motorway in West Yorkshire

Work has started on improving one of the busiest stretches of motorway in West Yorkshire in a move that will see traffic using the hard shoulder.

The Highways Agency has decided the hard shoulder will be in permanent use in both directions between junctions 25 and 26 with "managed speed limits" between junctions 25 and 30.

Emergency refuges will be placed every 800m where the hard shoulder is in use.

Work on the £150m three-year scheme started on Thursday morning.

Last October, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said the scheme would not be a victim of the public spending cuts.

But construction work between junction 25 for Brighouse and junction 30 for Rothwell was delayed last July while the government completed its review.

Highways Agency officials said the project was expected to be completed in 2013-14.

Highways Agency project manager David Pilsworth said: "In order to minimise delays to road users, we are carrying out this work in phases and keeping three lanes available to traffic in both directions at peak times throughout the construction.

"We are also working closely with residents in the area to address any questions they may have."

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